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>> the latest news and weather is always on cbs >> pelley: tonight, the battle for illinois. romney has the lead in the g.o.p. primary, but the votes are still being counted. jan crawford, dean reynolds and john dickerson are covering. i how did a shipment of fake cancer drugs get to to america from this al flee cairo. armen keteyian investigates. there's been a sharp turn today in the case of the neighborhood watch captain who killed a teenage boy. and in a neighborhood of gangs, fear, and mistrust, one man stands up to violence with a message. >> we can make a change. our communities are capable of more. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley reporting tonight from chicago. >> pelley: and this is a special western edition. good evening. the polls are closed here in illinois in the republican presidential primary. it's too soon to project a winner yet but cbs news estimates that mitt romney has the lead over rick santorum based on exit polls and an analysis of the early vote count so far. 56% of voters today told us that the economy was the big
super tuesday and the battle for the republican presidential nomination. romney takes three states so far, gingrich has one and it's a close race between romney and tphro *erpl the key swing state ohio. the president answers calls for military action against iran and syria. >> this is not a game. will's nothing casual about it. >> a report from norah o'donnell. bob orr on how the f.b.i. busted a notorious international hacking ring. and it could be the biggest winner this super tuesday. barry petersen reports after a hundred years, it's a slam dunk. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: and this is a special western edition. good evening. it's the biggest night of the presidential primary season. ten states, four candidates for the republican nomination and 419 delegates at stake. cbs news projects mitt romney has won his home state of massachusetts. he also takes the state next door, vermont, and romney gets another "v" for victory in virginia. only he and ron paul were on the ballot there. newt gingrich wins his home state of georgi
>>> ilt i will victory. after sailing to an easy win in the land of lincoln, mitt romney takes aim at obama. >> it's time to say these words. this word -- enough. we've had enough. >>> search for the shooter. french police exchange gunfire with a gunman suspected in the deadly jewish school. >>> earthquake after a powerful quake rocks mexico. the windows were shaking. i sat on the floor. it was very scary. >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, march 21, 2012. >>> good morning, and thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. the next republican primary is saturday in louisiana. rick santorum is pinning his hopes on a strong showing there after getting trounced by mitt romney in yesterday's illinois vote. a double digit win in illinois, outspending his opponents 7-1 in tv ads and grabbed his third primary victory in a row. cbs news estimates romney won 54 delegates giving him a total of 534 of 1,044 needed for the nomination. susan mcginnis is in washington to break down all of this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. romney is just about halfway there, almost halfway
>>> the votes are in. mitt romney wins a hotly contested ohio primary. but rick santorum racks up three super tuesday victories of his own. >> as it looks right now, we're going to get at least a couple of gold medals and a whole basket full of silver medals. >> i stand ready to lead our party, and i stand ready to lead our nation to prosperity. >>> pressing for peace. president obama takes on the gop candidates saying there's more time to find a solution to the iranian nuclear threat. >> those folks don't have a lot of responsibilities. they're not commander in chief. >>> and manning gets sacked in a cost cutting move shall the indianapolis colts will send the cost cutting move shall the indianapolis colts will send the star quarterback packing. captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, march 7, 2012. >>> good morning everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. it is the morning after super tuesday and the one thing we know for sure, the slug-fest for the republican presidential nomination won't be over any time soon. they were toe to toe b
it is a close three way race, santorum, mitt romney and newt gingrich, a key voting group there, of conservatives are split almost evenly among santorum, romney and gingrich, we have campaign 2012 correspondents with the candidates tonight and first we will go to wyatt andrews in liberty, missouri with the romney campaign, wyatt. >> scott, mitt romney is running very strongly in both miss ssippi and in alabama and it is because of one key statistics the high percentage of voters that say the economy is their number one issue and that mitt romney is the best candidate to take on the economy. romney did not wait in the deep south to hear the election results, in fact he campaigned throughout missouri where he kept his focus not on the primaries but upon the president's economic record. >> i spent my life in the private sector, i have not been employed by washington, i have been employed in the private sector like you have. i want to use that experience to get america working again and solve the challenges of this great nation. [ cheers and applause ] >> this president, this presid
bad. republican presidential candidate mitt romney is making a fund-raising swing through the bay area. romney, who owns a california home, will be here today and tomorrow. dinner in redwood city were donors will pay up to $25,000 to attend. the latest polls showed romney with a double-digit lead in the california republican primary race. according to a l.a. times poll 42 percent of republican voters support romney, 23 percent support rick santorum >> last night santorum lashed out at the new york times reporter who questioned him on a comedy made about mitt romney. >> you said mitt romney was the worst republican in the country, is that true? >> what speech did you listen to? stop lying. i said he was the worst republican to run on the issue of obama care. quit distorting our words. if i see it, is [blsank] what are you doing? >> kim was not very happy. it came moments after he told a crowd of supporters not to vote for romney. >> he clearly knew the cameras were rolling, the pressure was on and he is trying to appoint people towards health care and if he wants to use the media as a f
romney in the delegate? >> mitt romney might drop out. i'm not suggesting for the press, i'm not suggesting he drop out but if he wants to, i'll certainly accept his resignation. you know, after you've outspent your opponent about 50 to 1 and you still can't put the race away, at some point you might want to say maybe i can't win after all. >> with another win in the deep south rick santorum campaigns in the next key primary state with wisconsin. how well does he have to do in the rest of the primaries to be a serious contender for the nomination we'll ask him. there's breaking news overnight as former vice president dick cheney undergoes heart transplant surgery. we'll have an update. then we'll take a look at the story that is gripping the nation, the shooting of trayvon martin, an unarmed african-american teenager in florida. even the president weighed in this week. >> if i had a son he'd look like trayvon. >> reporter: there's outrage across the country over the florida law that allowed the shooter to go free. does the "stand your ground" law go too far? house republica
in ohio this could slam the brakes on mitt romney. right now, let's they are locked in a battle as predicted in the polls. they are neck and neck. 38% for both romney and santorum and it looks like a difference of less than 800 votes at this hour. we cannot call the place in ohio just yet. as for the races that have already been decided, three have gone to mitt romney. he has won massachusetts, where he was governor of course. he has also taken the state of vermont. and he is getting another check of victory in virginia. just a note here only he and ron paul were on the ballot there. in the meantime, newt gingrich has taken his delegate-rich home state of georgia. he needed this win in order to keep his campaign alive. he said this before and it has happened for newt gingrich. all right. coming up, we are going to be breaking down all the results with cbs 5 political analyst joe tuman who will be in studio. we'll talk about the issues and we are keeping a close eye on the numbers and updating the results live on cbssf.com. >> thank you. >>> new at 6:00, critics say it is a costl
. mitt romney, the republican with the most delegates, finished behind rick santorum and newt gingrich in mississippi and alabama. >> if you're the frontrunner and you keep coming in third, you're not much of a frontrunner. >> reporter: but by romney's new math, there is no way santorum or gingrich can get enough delegates to secure the nomination. he wants them to quit. but one analyst said "not so fast." >> the closer mitt gets to that magical number of 1,144 delegates, the more leverage he has at a hypothetical brokered convention. however... however, you know, if rumors of a santorum-gingrich super ticket prove true, well, we're in for a hot time in tampa. >> reporter: hey, it's already hot. >> hot sauce. got to be hot. >> reporter: we'll try to keep the heat on as we get the latest from the president's top strategist david axelrod; republican national chairman reince preibus; former republican party chair and romney supporter ed gillespie; "fox news" contributor rich lowrie and our own norah o'donnell. after all, this is "face the nation." captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news
. mitt romney pushes for a big win as rick santorum is put on the defensive. >> my canneddy dacy doesn't hinge on whether the employment rate goes up or down. >>> and the investigation opens. the justice department and the fbi decide to look into the shoots of an unarmed african-american teenager in florida. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. not round of severe weather pounding the nation. it's not over yet. last night a tornado touched down southwest of san antonio. at least 50 homes were damaged in the small towns of divine and natalia. so far no injuries are reported but there are unconfirmed reports of people trapped in mobile homes. the storm system also brought heavy rain and flooding to parts of texas and oklahoma where much of the state is under a flash flood watch. more potentially dangerous weather is forecast for today, louisiana, arkansas, missouri, and into wisconsin. >>> mitt romney is hoping for a knockout punch in today's high-stak high-stakes. santorum was forced to skplamt his position on unemployment. susan
prize fell in favor of mitt romney. >> after being locked in a tight battle with rick santorum, romney narrowly won the presidential primary in ohio. romney also scored victories in virginia, massachusetts, vermont, and idaho. meanwhile, santorum won in oklahoma, tennessee, and north dakota. newt gingrich won in georgia. the state he represented in congress. robert lyles now on the results and the road ahead. >> we're going to take your vote, a huge vote tonight in massachusetts, and take that victory all the way to the white house. >> massachusetts polls close, mitt romney seemed to close his grip on the republican nomination for president. a few wins in virginia and vermont followed. that grip loose led in ohio with rick santorum. >> it's clear. we have won races all over this country. >> santorum is more like a surprise storm, winning tennessee, oklahoma, and north dakota. then came tonight's nail biter in ohio. >> i think it's a surprise because santorum is doing so well in ohio. >> ohio is a swing state every year, says aaron mcclear. political consultant and former press se
on to the presidential race. super tuesday was pretty good for mitt romney. but it was not super enough to make him the nominee. tyler suiters has more on the primary season's biggest night and joins us from washington, d.c. >> reporter: elizabeth and frank, good morning. you put i well, a good day for romney, won the most states and delegates but for all the delegates victory on super tuesday is in the eye of the beholder. mitt romney squeaked out a victory in ohio fighting a tough battle with rick santorum taking the swing state. >> it looks good. we are counting down the days until november. it looks better. >> reporter: with super tuesday victories in five other states, he is already talking like the gop nominee. >> as president, i will get our economy back on track and get our citizens back to work. everyone unlike president obama, i have the experience to deliver on that promise. >> reporter: evangelical voters helped rick santorum finish on top in tennessee and oklahoma. he also put north dakota in his win column. >> we have won in the west, midwest and the south and we're ready to win acros
romney won in wyoming, but there was no mistaking that the big battles were down south. >> good morning, y'all. good to be with you. i got it right this morning with grits. i'll tell you. delicious. >> the first time he had ever tasted grits. i just wanted to reassure all of you that i have had some acquaintance in a variety of forms with shrimp, with cheese, with gravy. i get it. >> schieffer: it was one of those you can't make it up weeks on the campaign trail. so where do things stand now? after winning georgia, newt gingrich is still dancing. but can he or santorum stop romney? we'll ask him. then we'll talk to a top obama campaign advisor robert gibbs. the latest on the campaign and afghanistan with analysis from correspondents norah o'donnell and david martin. this is "face the nation." captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news in washington, "face the nation" with bob schieffer. >> schieffer: good morning again. the overnight news from afghanistan is sober. at least 15 afghans by some counts are dead, and more are wounded after an american soldier went on a shooting spree. it hap
: on this day after super tuesday here is where the republican presidential race stands. mitt romney won six of the ten states that voted yesterday. rick santorum three, newt gingrich one. so far, 22 states have voted. romney has won 13, santorum 7, gingrich two. it takes 1,144 delegates to clinch the nomination. romney is more than a third of the way there with 391. santorum has 140. gingrich 95, ron paul 38. romney won the key battleground state of ohio last night-- but just barely. john dickerson is our political director. john, where does romney stand today? >> well, scott, ohio was a lot closer than the romney campaign wanted it to be. they'd hoped if they had a commanding victory romney would be able to say that the ration was just all but over. instead, questions were raised again about his inability to connect with the most conservative members of his party. but overall, it was a good night. as you mentioned, six of ten states won by romney, 65% of the delegates at stake last night. in talking to experts today, they say it's nearly impossible for romney's competitors to overtake him
there? >> oh, sure, i said, i think with you a couple of weeks ago that romney had to win michigan, they had to win georgia, and santorum has to win pennsylvania. you lose credibility if the folks who know you best repudiate you. i think that will lead to a spirited campaign in george a. i've been at home campaigning for a few days and i'll be back to the chamber of commerce on tuesday morning before i go to huntsville. in addition it means that you have -- senator santorum will find pennsylvania competitive. >> bob: you're looking good in georgia according to the polls. it looks like santorum and governor romney are neck in neck in ohio. how do you see super tuesday shaking down? what would you expect to see wednesday morning as you looks back >> i think there will be santorum and romney in the lead, and me in third place, and coming back and gaining ground f. you look at the gallup numbers, i closed the gap on santorum dramatically in the last two and a half weeks. this is the seventh time that you and i have talked about it. this is the seventh time i've been through the up and
romney. there are different stakes for different candidates. nonetheless, it is clear that today's voting could possibly reshape this race for the republican presidential nomination. mitt romney campaigned hard across ohio hours before the polls opened asking youngstown voters to carry him to victory on super tuesday. romney is locked in a dead heat there with rick santorum. >> thank you! >> reporter: the former pennsylvania senator had a lead there but started to fade after romney's three-state sweep last week. santorum admits a win in ohio is crucial. >> i would make the argument that it may not be make or break, but it will be a huge, huge deal. >> reporter: ohio is considered the biggest prize today because it's a battleground state in the general election. romney says he is the republican candidate who can win come november. >> what we need to talk about to defeat barack obama is getting good jobs and scaling back the size of government and that's what i do. >> reporter: mitt romney and ron paul have a decided advantage here in virginia today. they are the only two republican preside
down to super tuesday. be mitt romney's presidential campaign is picking up momentum following another win in washington, d.c. i'm phil matier. we'll have the state senator in to talk about some changes he wants in california's drug laws. >> obvious, a preview of super tuesday, the day that the republican presidential candidate has been waiting for. things are still up in the air when you have to talk about that. >> we'll have the chairman still here with us. the search for survivors is continuing today after a string of tornadoes hit the midwest and south. the >> the number of people killed have flaunted to 35 people in five states. a pair of tornadoes destroyed the town of harryville, indiana. we'll have a live report from that scene in about five minutes. >>> more than 10,000 college students will rally at the state capitol tomorrow. they held occupy education events on thursday. they are upset about having to pay more money for higher education while more faculty and staff members are being laid off. students want governor brown to reject any budget deal that includes education cut
is at the center for the battle of the republican nomination for president. mitt romney and rick santorum are campaigning hard there. it rambled kingston tell us that rick santorum is not backing down. >> mitt romney greeted voters in illinois explaining why he should win the state's gop primary >> i will get us the energy out of the ground we need so, we can keep the money that being spent buying energy, keep it here and put people to work >> he rolls into the new contest with new momentum with overwhelming victory in pr over the weekend >> all of the delegates in that contest are hours of that is good news >> he is holding on to all delegates been all his rivals combined >> his campaign has stepped up calls for other republican to step aside but his chief rival the house that he will fight until the end >> it will nominate a conservative, not the establishment moderate from massachusetts >> rick santorum claims mitt romney is outstanding in 10-1 each. it is >> is mitt romney who systematically has run a negative campaign and has had no positive vision for the country and spends billions
romney and rick santorum a virtual tie. good news for romney who erased a double-digit deficit. in virginia romney stands a good chance of capturing all 46 delegates. tyler suiters is in arlington. he joins us now. good morning, tyler. >> reporter: betty, good morning to you as well. mitt romney also has an excellent chance of taking all the delegates in massachusetts, a state where he serves as governor, and in nearby vermont. it's different stakes for different candidates, and it's clear today's voting could reshape the rest of the republican presidential race. mitt romney campaigned hard across ohio hours before the polls opened, asking voters in youngstown to carry him to victory on super tuesday. >> get out and vote. thank you so much. >> reporter: romney is locked in a dead heat there with rick santorum. the former pennsylvania senator had a lead there, but it started to fade after romney's three-state sweep last week. santorum admits a win in ohio is crucial. >> i would make the argument thal it may not be make or break. it's going to be a huge, huge deal. >> reporter: o
gingrich in his home state. romney took the virginia primary. he and ron paul weren't on the ballot there. mitt romney take the vermont primary so two big wins for mitt romney. everyone taking a look at ohio today. it's a key swing state offering a microcosm. overall voters because it has a mix of rural and urban voters moderates and conservatives. santorum had a lead here earlier. but could he hold off the surge? ohio is a bellwether state for the general election. no republican won the white house without first winning ohio. that's why the state is so important and that's why people are watching it so closely. only mitt romney is in massachusetts. newt gingrich is spending his super tuesday in georgia where we just said he has won. as for ron paul, he is concentrating on the caucus states, idaho, alaska and north dakota. north dakota is where he is hoping to pick up his first win. a lot is at stake. a strong performance in states like ohio and tennessee and georgia could help mitt romney to move from front-runner to presumptive nominee. sa
in washington state. mitt romney was the easy winner with 38% of the vote. ron paul narrowly edged rick santorum for second place, 25 to 24. newt gingrich got 10% of the vote. next up is the supertuesday contest. across ten states including ohio where jan crawford is on the trail in dayton tonight. jan, good evening to you. >> well, good evening, jeff, the candidates are out campaigning across the country. and what will be their last petition for both in the biggest test to come. rick santorum met voters in tennessee. mitt romney made his case in georgia. ron paul was headed to alaska, and newt gingrich made the rounds on the sunday talk shows. it's a sprint to the finish on tuesday when 419 delegates and 10 stating are up for grabs, more than all 9 other contests so far combinedded. >> romney now has the edge. he's one of the last five races including washington state yesterday. and now has 187 delegates followed by santorum with 65, gingrich at 30, and ron paul with 20. but that's a long way to a 1,144, the number needed to clinch the nomination. santorum says can get there if he and gingrich
are out as republican presidential front runner mitt romney comes to the bay area tonight. in redwood city his fund- raising event is about to get under way >> we're just a half-hour away from that dinner that is supposed to start here. no sign of mitt romney but what is very clear is two dozen protesters, most of them in support of legislation romney says he would veto it if he becomes president. the other from the california labor federation who says romney is out of touch with mainstream america. that might be difficult image to change after romney makes a mad dash for the candidacy hurt. >> government romney and rick santorum are here for one reason, money. the more they stay in the race the more mitt romney needs to spend money and the more he spends money the more he needs to raise >> obviously we have audio problems with our report for redwood city but we will get an update from her at 6:00. the fund-raiser is 30 minutes from now. later this week the first lady will be making a stop to raise money for the president's reelection campaign. she lands in san francisco on friday. $1,000
shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. >> my son was screaming for his life. >>> mitt romney campaign is all shook up as he's forced to claim a comment by a staffer. >>> and feeling the pain. the nfl tackles bounty hunting with a big hit on the new orleans saints. >> we have a serious violation of an existing rule that threatens the health and welfare of our players. >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, march 22, 2012. >>> good morning. i'm betty nguyen. >>> we begin with the outcry over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in florida. the neighborhood watch man who shot the teen has not been arrested for last month's shooting. here in new york a demonstration was held in memory of trayvon manuel gallegus was there. >> reporter: a crowd of supporters surrounded the parents of 17-year-old trayvon martin as they left a rally in manhattan's union square. it was hectic but peaceful. supporters are calling for justice for the teen who was shot dead by a man in his florida gated community. >> it was a travesty what happened to this young man. i want to show solidar
decision on super tuesday. after some heart stopping moments in ohio, mitt romney ekes out a tight victory. but can he convince the gop that he is their man? we'll talk with republican leader eric cantor and top gop strategists mike murphy. >>> i'm gayle king. more sponsors drop rush limbaugh. what is next for the controversial commentator. when i see you at 8:00 the fbi is asking for some help finding one of its own. john miller has the bizarre case of that missing agent. >>> i'm erica hill. one be of the nfl's biggest stars getting a pink slip. where peyton manning may be headed next. apple fans really hoping the rumors are true. could the new ipad be revealed today? >>> but first as we do every morning, we begin with a look at today's "iopener." your world in 9 o 0 seconds. >> we're counting down the days until november and that looks even better. >> mitt romney attacks his lead for the gop nomination winning six super tuesday states including a close contest in ohio. >> we're going to get at least a couple of gold medals and a whole passel full of silver medals. >> newt gingrich got th
swings to the deep south this week. in contest yet mitt romney won most of the delegates in wyoming whale rick santorum led the field in kansas. up next taos's primaries in alabama and mississippi. and tonight nancy cordis is on the trail in meridian, mississippi. nancy, good evening. >> reporter: jeff, good evening. each of the three top candidates is trying to lay claim to the conservative south. and evidently, they believe that the way to the voters hearts is through their stomaches. >> i like grits. >> reporter: it started on thursday in mississippi when mitt romney professed a new found love for southern cuisine. >> i started right with a biscuit and cheesy grit, i'll tell you, delicious. >> reporter: that lead newt gingrich who called georgia home for 30 areas to stir the pot in alabama. >> unlike one of may competitors, i have had grits before. if you don't understand grits there's a pretty high likely you don't understand the rest of the south either. >> reporter: rick santorum stayed out of the food fight but he came to mississippi today hungry for votes. >> why should a southern
being asked to carry mitt romney to victory. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: romney is locked in a dead heat there with rick santorum. >>> the former pennsylvania senator had a lead but it started to fade after romney's three state sweep last week. santorum admits a win in ohio is crucial. >> i would make the argument that while it may not be make or break it's going to be a huge, huge deal. >> reporter: ohio is the biggest prize because it's the battleground state in the general election. romney says he can win in november. >> what we need to talk about to defeat barack obama is getting good jobs and scaling back the size of government and that's what i do. >> reporter: mitt romney and ron paul have an advantage in virginia today. they are the only two republican presidential candidates who qualified to be on the state ballot. ron paul expects to do well in caucus states especially idaho. >> we certainly have a very good chance of winning. and i expect it will be one of our best states. >> reporter: newt gingrich is favorite to win georgia where he was a congressman and is ma
romney and rick santorum hope to score big in tomorrow's key midwest primary. >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, march 19, 2012. >>> good morning, everybody, good to be with you. i'm tyrell brown. it's the last full day of winter but for most of the country it already feels like spring. in some places even summer. temperatures could hit record highs from the northern plains to the east coast today. but winter's end isn't just mild, it's turning wild. today the nation's midsection is on alert for a new bout of severe weather. funnel clouds were spotted sunday evening in southwestern oklahoma. these storms lasted just a few minutes and only damaged some power lines. another tornado was reported in nebraska. it damaged at least two homes but no injuries were reported. tornado warnings were up in central ohio sunday when cameras caught this, a bolt of lightning striking near downtown columbus. today severe thunderstorms are in the forecast for an area extending from south texas to the northeast. the threat of tornadoes is greatest in central texas, oklahoma, kansas and nebr
on a southern resurgence, came in a close second. mitt romney was third in both contests but maintains a huge lead in delegates. duarte geraldino is in washington with details on all of this. good morning. >> good morning, betty. mitt romney's performance exposes an achilles heel in his campaign. rick santorum is trying to capitalize on that weakness. and gingrich is trying to show that he is still a viable contender. rick santorum pulled off a southern sweep tuesday. >> we did it again. >> he told supporters in louisiana they'll keep his momentum going. >> next week, we'll come back here and we expect a huge win. >> santorum won mississippi and alabama tuesday night with the help of conservative voters and women. the former pennsylvania senator says the results will reshape the republican field. >> santorum and newt gingrich continue to split the conservative vote. despite losing, the former speaker said he has no plans to drop out and this race is far from over. >> one of the things tonight proved is that the elite media's effort to convince the nation that mitt romney is inevitable just co
tornadoes rip across the midwest. dean reynolds and annawer are on the scene. mitt romney is looking like a front-runner again, but can he hold on? john dickerson on the run-up to super tuesday. a moderate calls it quits in the ever-more-polarized congress. nancy cordes on why olympia snowe is leaving the senate. remembering former teen idol davy jones of the monk monkees. >> and david martin, with a wounded veteran of iraq who fights on at home. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. they came after midnight when most folks were sleeping. by the time the sun rose today, survivors could see what had terrified them in the night. from a helicopter over harrisburg, illinois, you can follow the path that one tornado took, buildings blown apart on their foundations, winds as high as 170 miles an hour did this. and harrisburg was not alone. 27 tornadoes have been reported. at least nine people are dead, more than 150 injured. the resort town of branson, missouri, is hit hard. the storm system moved east. tornado watches and warning
57 at the cbs broadcast center. i'm charlie rose. more trouble for mitt romney. rick santorum pulls off two big wins in mississippi and alabama. so what does this mean for the fight for the gop nomination? also this morning we'll go to afghanistan where defense secretary leon panetta has just arrived amidst new violence. >>> i'm erica hill the dow soares along with temperatures. plus we'll talk to george clooney as he prepares to testify before congress. >>> and i'm gayle king. prince harry tells us how the work of his mother, princess diana, influenced his own humanitarian efforts. when i see you at 8:00 jason segel stopping by. >>> today we'll begin with today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> we did it again. >> rick santorum sweeps the south. >> we are going to win this nomination before that convention. >> this heir of inevitability that romney has been projecting has been an abject failure. >> if you're the front-runner and you keep coming in third, you're not much of a front-runner. >> i'm the one guy in this race that can beat barack obama. >> from my perspective he
>> the campaign shake-up after romney comments about hsh >> is there a cure for baldness ? the discovery that is providing a little bit of hope for bald men out there. the motel they targeted yesterday evening was on first street, south of downtown. protesters want the city attorney to file a nuisance lawsuit to get the honor to clean up his act >> i think men take out money and offer to the prostitutes standing right here on the curve >> a hotel spokesperson told us the hotel has been working with police and workers have not seen any illegal activity now for weeks. >> a marine says he's been kicked out of the service for criticizing the president. the sergeant says he got the word yesterday that the marines are charging him with using contemptuous words against the commander in chief and for violating pentagon guidelines. he has a facebook page call the armed forces to party. in search is underway for the newest recruits of the oakland police force. hundreds lined up yesterday to take the entrance exam. the apartment will invite 50 applicants to join the police academy, the first one he
and planned parenthood supporters were delivering a message to romney saying he cannot sketch away his anti-choice record. he's getting more support from the gop establishment. susan mcginnis has the latest from washington >> just as republicans began to coalesce around gop front runner mitt romney he is forced to defend himself after a campaign stop in maryland >> it is an honor to be here >> one of his advisers talking about the general election compared the fall campaign to end etch up sketch saying you can shake it up and start all over again. romney says his positions will not change >> i was a conservative republican governor and i will be running as a conservative republican nominee, hopefully, and the policies and positions are the same >> at a campaign stop rick santorum pounced on it >> -accompanied to all of you who are voting in this primary that whoever you vote for will be a completely new candidates >> the comment comes as romney gains more support. former florida gov. jed bush endorsed him and says it is time for the gop to unite. president obama is focusing more on his reel
romney leads with 493 delegates, followed by rick santorum with 218. newt gingrich 120 and ron paul with 42. no one is close to the 1,144 needed to clinch the nomination. next week right in the middle of this campaign the supreme court will consider the constitutionality of president obama's health care reform law. so we thought this would be a good time to ask the republicans what they would do about health care. first, dean reynolds with the santorum campaign. dean? >> reporter: scott, senator santorum-- like the other republican candidates-- gets some of his loudest applause when he says his top priority will be to repeal the national health care law, which president obama signed two years ago. >> senator, i know you're opposed to the national health care law, but i'm a little vague on what you would do instead of it. >> not romneycare, not obamacare not government-mandated health care or government controlled health care. >> reporter: santorum's alternative would be a major overhaul centered on what he calls health savings accounts. they would involve businesses paying less to i
of the race. both want to go head to head with mitt romney. romney has time and the delegate counts on his side. cbs estimates romney now has 391 delegates, more than double his closest competitor. tyler suiters is in washington with more. tyler, goodmorning to you. >>> terrell, good morning as well. >> kansas, alabama, mississippi. if rick santorum wins all of these three upcoming states and there's a chance he could, by this time next week we could have a two-man race. rick santorum told supporters in jackson, mississippi, next week's primary could be a game changer. >> if we win mississippi, this will be a two-person race. >> santorum is battling with newt gingrich to win over conservative voters and emerge as mitt romney's lone rival. the former pennsylvania senator has consistently split that base with gingrich allowing romney to win in michigan and ohio, key states. santorum is stopping short of calling for gingrich to drop out of the race. >> if he wants to get out, i'm all for that. >> newt gingrich says that won't happen. >> we're staying in this race because i believe that it's g
gathering around m around mitt romney. last night, it was florida senator marco rubio, and late today the first president bush threw his support to romney. he told him to "get on and win the presidency." bob schieffer is our cbs news chief washington correspondent and the anchor of "face the nation." bob, what do we make of these endorsements? >> reporter: i'll tell you, scott, endorsements are nice. i've never thought they made th that much difference, but what this tells you is that the bushes believe that romney is going to win the nomination. people seldom endorse losers, so there may be a little bandwagon effect here that would give romney a boost. but i'll tell you the place where romney got no endorsement today, and that's when i interviewed vice president biden in milwaukee. romney, he said, is out of touch, stuck in the past, and oresn't have answers for anythi anything. >> and what is... what is the romney answer? there's noth there's nothing. all they argue is cut. "get rid of that. get rid of that." look, this is about the middle class and what affects middle class people?
to where we need to be. >> reporter: still, republicans like mitt romney target the fact that the unemployment rate has been stuck above 8% for almost mr. obama's entire presidency. >> my friends, the truth is 8% unemployment is not the best america can do. it's just the best this administration can do. >> reporter: the key, experts say, scott, is not just the state of the economy but how americans perceive it. and although there's been some improvement in consumer confidence, it's still far from where the president needs it to be. >> pelley: norah, thank you. in the race for the republican presidential nomination, kansas holds a caucus this weekend. hawaii, alabama, and mississippi vote on tuesday. the latest poll in mississippi shows a lead for newt gingrich over mitt romney and rick santorum. with all three still in the race it is possible that the republicans won't know who their nominee is before their national convention. nancy cordes has been looking into this. >> morning, y'all. ( applause ) >> reporter: mitt romney poured on newfound southern charm today in jacks
referendum on the november ballot. >>> republican presidential candidate mitt romney has reversed his position on a senate bill that would exempt employers from a white house rule requiring free birth control coverage. the senate is scheduled to vote on senator roy blunt's amendment today. it would allow employers to deny insurance coverage based on moral objections. yesterday romney said he opposed the measure. >> i'm not for the bill but look the idea of presidential candidates getting into questions about contraception within a relationship between a man and a woman, husband and wife, i'm not going there. >> later, he said he didn't understand the question saying "i thought he was talking about some state law that prevented people from getting contraception, so i misunderstood the question and of course, i support the blunt amendment." >>> today romney and the other presidential hopefuls are gearing up for next week's super tuesday primaries. 419 delegates will be up for grabs. this week's michigan primary, romney won 13 and rick santorum 11. six will be allocated later. cbs news e
. >>> end game? as the gop candidates battle for votes, mitt romney is picking up a pair of key endorsements. >>> midair meltdown. criminal charges have been filed against the jetblue pilot who had to be restrained by passengers. this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, march 29, 2012. >>> good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. >>> we begin with the investigation into the shooting death of florida teen trayvon martin. the father of george zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed teenager, says his son was trying to protect himself. in an interview with the fox affiliate in orlando, robert zimmerman says martin confronted his son, quote, trayvon martin then got on top of him and started beating him in his face, in his nose and hitting his head on the concrete. >> he continued to beat george, and at some point george pulled his pistol and did what he did. >> but zimmerman appeared uninjured in this surveillance video, obtained by abc news. zimmerman is seen being led through the sanford police station after martin was shot dead. there
trail tonight. first, jan crawford, who is with the romney campaign in cincinnati, ohio. >> my goal if i were to become president is pretty straightforward-- i want more jobs for the people of home. , for the people of america. >> reporter: in this key trying to manage expectations. he wants to win and he's fighting hard. romney's closed the gap with rick santorum. just last week, one poll had him down by double digits. the latest polls show he's cut that to four, within the margin of error. in the campaign events he has kept his focus on president obama. >> he wants to raise taxes. it will kill jobs. i will lower taxes to create more jobs and rising incomes. >> reporter: in television ads he's hit rick santorum hard. >> just another washington insider. >> reporter: when voters in ohio and nine other states cast ballots on tuesday, romney is counting on wins in at least three-- vermont, his home state of massachusetts, and virginia. and he's expected to win the overall delegate battle. but ohio is a statement, a big midwestern state that could show romney is in command of the race. now,
. it was a good day for mitt romney. he won the most states and delegates. but for all these candidates victory on super tuesday is in the eye of the beholder. mitt romney squeaked out a victory in ohio. he fought a tough battle with rick santorum to take the critical swing state. >> we are counting up the delegates and the days until november and that looks better. >> reporter: with super tuesday victories in five other states, he is already talking like the gop nominee. >> as president, i will get our competent back on track and get our citizens back to work. and unlike president obama, i actually have the experience to deliver on that promise. >> reporter: evangelical voters helped rick santorum finish on top in tennessee and oklahoma and put north dakota in his win column. >> we have won in the west, midwest and the south and we are ready to win across this country. >> reporter: the candidates will divide up the super tuesday delegates. they are chasing the magic number to clinch the nomination. 1144. mitt romney leads. santorum's camp wants to frame this as a two-man contest with romney sa
family says that has nothing to do with the shooting. >> republican front runner mitt romney has another day of fund- raising in california today. it is a fund-raising trip that began in san diego yesterday. romney had a fund-raising dinner in redwood city last night. tickets range from 1000-$2,500. a hopeful hopefully did not see a few dozen protesters outside. romney supporters are calling on newt gingrich and rick santorum to drop out of the race and support romney as the nominee. mitt romney does not win the nomination it will be wide open. >> emotions are running high on both sides of the political fence ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >> talked-about smash and grab, this was all caught on camera at a jewelry store. thieves used a stolen s-u-v to smash through the front before grabbing as much as they could and then taking off. then managed to escape police in a car and on foot. the store's owner says the most expensive jewelry was not taken because it was in the vaults >> stocks have one of the biggest rallies of the year after ben bernanke suggested that interest rates will remain low for a long t
for presidential nominee. front run irmitt romney won the contest. ron paul dropped in caucus- -goers saturday, pushing hard for his first victory, but pulled up short. the washington state win may good romney a boost heading into the critical super tuesday context. saturday he rallied supporters in ohio, but romney stuck to hammering president obama and highlighting his business background. >> with job so badly needed with incomes having gone down, we need a president who knows the economy to fix the economy. >> reporter: santorum challenged romney in an article that inspired president obama's health care bill. >> it's bad enough he recommended. it treasworse that he couldn't come clean with the people in this primary that did he. >> reporter: speaking near cincinnati, newt gingrich says although he is counting on a win in georgia, the state he represented for 20 years, he feels he will do well in ohio. >> we want to get as many delegates as we can and see opportunities here. >> reporter: due levinson, cbs news. >>> washington state held its caucus and that win went to mitt romney there. a
near linden. now to campaign 2012, mitt romney has picked up another endorsement from another high- profile republican >> what we need is mitt romney to be the next president of the usa. >> paul ryan threw his support behind romney today. wisconsin, holds its primary on tuesday. former president george h. w. bush, former governor jeb bush have also endorsed romney in recent days. grace lee is in san francisco, a woman trying to keep mitt romney out of her husband's office is in the bay area today >> we're talking about the first lady michelle obama, and it has been no secret that she has been very popular among voters and americans. she is that the care but, academy of sciences and about 350 people are expecting to see her. 63 percent of americans approve of her and that is the number the white house is banking on. >> they won't be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we're trying to keep from them when they're at home >> you can expect first lady michelle obama to be even more visible as the campaign season heats up and there's a reason the white house is wrapping up
. ohio polls show mitt romney and rick santorum in a virtual dead heat. both candidates began their day addressing apac about iran's alleged nuclear program. >> if they don't tear down those facilities, we will tear them down ourselves. >> reporter: mitt romney spoke via satellite to the conference in washington. >> a nuclear iran is not only a problem for israel. it's a problem for america and the world. >> reporter: later today, romney cast his vote in belmont, massachusetts. the state where he used to be governor. here in virginia only ron paul and romney's names are on the ballot. rick santorum and newt gingrich failed to gather the necessary signatures before the state's deadline. >> they had the right it legally challenge that and we're turned down. the right people are on the ballot today. >> reporter: gingrich has been focusing on the south. he is likely to win georgia where he served in congress and hoping for a strong showing in tennessee. >> ron paul [ applause and cheers ] >> reporter: paul has yet to win any contest but that could change tonight. he has his sights set on ca
, the contenders are trying to attract undecided voters. >> reporter: mitt romney rallied reporters in washington state. >> please be sure to go to the caucus sites. get your friends. >> reporter: rick santorum was there last night challenging romney's conservative credentials. >> this race is about what kind of america you're going to leave to your children and grandchildren. >> reporter: voters are listening. after santorum nearly beat romney in his home state of michigan. >> he has a great chance to beat mumbai and then to beat -- to beat mitt romney and then to beat president obama. >> reporter: both will be on inn ohio on friday, the biggest prize among the states holding contests super tuesday. a new poll of likely primary voters in the state shows the race is tight between the front- runner with santorum with the four point lead. the long nomination battle is a sign many gop volters are undecided. more than a third of ohio republicans have yet to select a candidate. mitt romney insists he has the best chance to beat president obama. >> this guy is out of ideas. and he is out of excuses and
in illinois and mr. romney has new momentum after a big weekend victory in pr. >> thank you >> met ronnie will carry more momentum into this week's primary contest. he celebrated another win last night easily capturing all of the border region delegates >> hispanic voters will vote for republicans if we stand for conservative principles that bring growth and good jobs >> he spoke to supporters in illinois where polls show he is locked in a tight battle with bricks and form. as he gains an even bigger lead in the delegate count, his wife is calling on republicans to end the fight for the nomination >> it is time to get behind one candidate and get the job done so we get one step closer to defeating barack obama >> rick santorum says mitt romney has not proven he is a good enough candidate. >> this is a process where somebody had a huge money advantage, a huge advantage of the establishment support and he has not been able to close the deal >> rick santorum spent it the day in louisiana. he will join mitt romney in illinois today to court voters are still undecided. ron paul in new gingrich
found herself on the next day about 1 mi. away >> mitt romney supporters are celebrating a double-digit margin over rick santorum in the illinois presidential primary yesterday. here is susan mcguinness spoke with more >> mitt romney think supporters in illinois for his double digit win over rick santorum >> what a night >> and immediately turned his focus to defeating president obama in november >> it is time to say these words: enough. >> exit polls show the economy was the most important issue among voters in illinois. mitt romney says it is his one and number one priority >> i'm running for president because i have the experience and vision to get us out of this mess >> cbs news estimates that romney will take 41 of illinois 54 delegates. rick santorum is downplaying his second place finish it >> we got the delegates that we could get and we're feeling good, again, it is a two-person race >> santorum is already looking ahead to the next contest. he will campaign today in louisiana and predicts he will pull off a big victory on saturday. newt gingrich finished fourth last night
morning to our viewers out west. the stakes are huge this super tuesday. if mitt romney does well, it could be a big step towards ceiling the deal on the republican nomination, but if he stumbles, this race could go on for months. >> reporter: mitt romney spent monday insisting that he is the only candidate focusing on the issues that matter most to voters. >> and i look at this campaign right now and i see a lot of folks talking about lots of things, but what we need to talk about to defeat barack obama is getting good jobs and scaling back the size of government and that's what i do. >> reporter: romney already has 187 delegates. there are 419 more at stake today. more than 1/3 needed to win the nomination. the key battleground between romney and rick santorum is ohio with 63 delegates. both candidates spent the final day campaigning there. romney was trailing in the polls there just days ago, but after a recent surge, it's now a virtual dead heat. santorum says for better or worse, ohio could be a turning point in his campaign. >> it may not be make or break, it's going to be a
a convincing win for mitt romney in the illinois primary. we'll get reaction from illinois democratic senator dick durbin on that and also on the ongoing budget battle in washington and we'll have a community that is rallying in support of a teen gunned down during a neighborhood watch. >>> i'm gayle king. a treasure-trove of captured documents offer a window into the mind of osama bin laden. jon miller brings us new details you have not heard yet. and when i see you at 8:00, kiefer sutherland tells us about his big return to tv. >>> fake medicine making its way into the u.s. and newly published e-mails from bernie madoff show a desperate man seemingly trying to cope with life behind bars. >>> as we do our good morning, we begin with a look at today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >> thank you, illinois. what a night. wow. >> mitt romney rolls in illinois and takes aim at president obama. >> it's time to say this word. enough. we've had enough. >> it's inevitable that mitt romney is going to be the nominee, isn't it? >> unless there's an unexpected collapse or heart
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